Thursday, May 29, 2014

What's all the buzz about the GECO2020, and what exactly is it ?!

 GECO2020 is the all new CAEN General Control Software for over 250 High Voltage and Low Voltage Boards and Systems.
It features:
  • Innovative GUI
  • Dashboard capability:Allows to manage all the CAEN Power Supplies in any form factor
  • Supports Linux & Windows
  • Handles all the communication links provided in CAEN Power Supplies:
    • Ethernet
    • USB
    • Optical Link
    • Wi-Fi
GECO2020 brings the High Voltage control and management via external Host PC to an unprecedented level of easiness and compatibility.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Smaller accelerators for particle physics?

It took every inch of the Large Hadron Collider's 27 km (16.8 mile) length to accelerate particles to energies high enough to discover the Higgs boson. Now, imagine an accelerator that could do the same thing in, say, the length of a football field. Or less.

That is the promise of laser-plasma accelerators, which use lasers instead of high-power radio-frequency waves to energize electrons in very short distances. Scientists have grappled with building these devices for two decades, and a new theoretical study predicts that this may be easier than previously thought.
The authors are Carlo Benedetti, Carl Schroeder, Eric Esarey, and Wim Leemans, physicists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center. Their paper, "Plasma wakefields driven by an incoherent combination of laser pulses: A path towards high-average power laser-plasma accelerators," appears in the May Special Issue of Physics of Plasmas, from AIP Publishing.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

CAEN MC2 Analyzer officially released!

The CAEN MC2 Analyzer has been specifically designed for digitizers running the Digital Pulse Processing for the Pulse Height Analysis (DPP-PHA) firmware as the DT5780 Dual Digital MCA. This software is able to completely control and manage a set of boards acquiring data simultaneously, making therefore a multi-board system a "Multichannel - Multichannel Analyzer".

MC2 Analyzer allows the user to set all the relevant DPP-PHA parameters for each acquisition channel (trigger threshold, trapezoidal filter parameters, etc.), handle the communication with the connected boards, run the data acquisition and plot both waveforms for on-line monitoring of the acquisition and histograms. It can also control the HV power supplies provided in DT5780. Moreover, it is able to perform advanced mathematical analysis on both the online and collected spectra: peak search, background subtraction, peak fitting, energy calibration, ROI selection, dead time compensation, histogram rebin and other features available.

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